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March 15, 2009

It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to address the students and campus community concerning Auburn University and its Department of Public Safety & Security's continuing effort to strengthen overall campus security.  I am thankful to the Board of Trustees, President Jay Gogue, Dr. Don Large and many other persons across the university who have provided direction, resources and assistance in this endeavor. I am excited by the things which are happening on campus to enhance security and safety.

Whether you are a student, faculty, staff or guest to Auburn, we strive to make your stay on campus a safe and pleasant experience.  Being prepared to handle situations is very important to Auburn University.  In order to provide safe transportation, we operate a security shuttle during the evening hours (6 p.m. til 7 a.m.) which provides transportation from any location on campus to another location on campus.  This service can be accessed by dialing (334) 844-7400 and we encourage the university community to utilize it.  Auburn University has just completed the Phase I installation of a comprehensive surveillance camera plan which will provide for increased coverage of a major portion of campus.  This system will allow live monitoring of selected areas from a central location and the ability to dispatch security officers or notify the Auburn Police, when necessary.  Emergency telephones are strategically placed to ensure availability in all quadrants of campus core.

In the event of an emergency, information is extremely important.  AU Alert is the university's notification system.  It can be used to send voice, text and email messages to students, faculty and staff to notify them of emergencies requiring their immediate action or to convey critical, time sensitive information.  While parents can't sign up directly for the service, students can include contact information for their parents if desired.  For ongoing information during campus emergencies, the Auburn University website is updated as new information is available to keep the campus, parents and other interested parties informed.

The City of Auburn Police Department has partnered with Auburn University to provide competent and courteous police services to the Auburn University community. They are staffed by well trained, professional police officers.  They have provided an increased police presence on the campus concentrating especially in academic and residential areas. All reports of crime or suspected criminal activity should be reported to the Auburn Police Department.  To enhance coverage in critical areas, Auburn University employs uniformed security specialist representatives who are assigned regular walking routes in campus buildings and other critical areas and provide assistance to the security effort.

Education is a critical component of public safety and emergency management.  Our department is working aggressively on awareness and education campaigns to encourage our students, faculty and staff to take an active role in their own safety and ensure they are aware of what to do in the event of an emergency.  Campus safety forums, Camp War Eagle, in-class presentations, fraternity and sorority crime prevention talks, campus safety walks with Student Government Association, periodic publications in The Plainsman and This Week @ Auburn, website enhancements, and emergency procedures cards are just a few of our current outreach mechanisms.  We will continue to develop new ways to reach the university community with our important safety message.

We fully understand that we cannot meet our goal of creating a safer campus without the cooperation of all the citizens of this campus and the support of you, the parents. We are all responsible to ensure that our valuables are secure and that crime and suspicious incidents are reported in a timely manner. It is imperative that we work together to identify and resolve problems that lead to crime or the fear of crime.  Please feel free to contact us with concerns or recommendations on how we can better serve.  You may reach me at (334) 844-2262 or by email - owensme@auburn.edu or publicsafety@auburn.edu.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you, WAR EAGLE FOREVER!

Melvin Owens
Executive Director